Last autumn, we began having a daily Circle Time for the little ones. My children have responded so well to this small amount of structure, movement and attention in the morning. Here are some previous posts about Circle Time in our home.
This is our Autumn line up of songs, fingerplays and poems:
- Light candle
- All sit in a circle on the floor
- Morning prayer: "Dear Lord Jesus, I give you today, all that I think and do and say. Amen."
- Announce the day of the week and today's date
- Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush (sitting with motions)
- I've Been Working on the Railroad (sitting)
- Apples and Bananas (sitting)
- Father Abraham (large motions, standing)
- Where is Thumbkin? (fingerplay)
- There are Seven Days (sitting)
- Humpty Dumpty (Nursery Rhyme, sitting)
- Open Them Shut Them (fingerplay)
Poem to be read aloud:
- Rain (or)
- Bed in Summer (or)
- The Cow by Robert Louis Stevenson
(or any other you'd like them to learn)
We read ours from A Child's Garden of Verses by RLS, illustrated by Tasha Tudor
- Closing Prayer: May my hands work with care, my heart work with love and my mind work with attention. Amen.
- Have a child blow out the candle.
Immediately following Circle Time, the older kids work at the table on their lessons. Prior to adopting Circle Time, the girls were disruptive and were constantly demanding attention during the boy's table lessons. I have found the girls are happy to play quietly for an hour or so after having had the attention and interaction that Circle Time provides. I make available a different toy each day for them to play with. This is the schedule we used last year and it will work fine again this fall.
Monday: Brio trains
Wednesday: Wooden blocks
Thursday: Farm and animals
Friday: Marble chase
Rotating the wooden toys keeps them from becoming "old hat" and gives the girls a pattern of play to look forward to each week. I keep each of the different toys in a separate container that I carry up from the basement after Circle Time. This has worked well for us thus far.
Do you do circle time in your home? Please share your ideas in the comments. Thanks! :)